On September 9, 2021, Joe Biden waged a war on healthcare freedoms by enlisting regulating agencies to mandate workplace vaccines. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), a regulatory agency within the Department of Labor, is to create an emergency temporary standard (ETS) requiring companies with 100 or more employees to be vaccinated or face a minimum of once weekly testing. This would be a government overreach stretching further into the private business sector.
Biden’s tone through the announcement was one of frustration, impatience, and condescending to those who are exercising their healthcare freedoms. Running for president, Biden’s tone was one of unity. During the announcement, it was postured more as division as he made statements reflecting the blame for COVID-19 on the unvaccinated:
“Many of us are frustrated with the nearly 80 million Americans who are still not vaccinated.”1
Misleading Information Regarding the Benefits of the Vaccine
Trying to put emphasis on the benefits of the vaccine, Biden stated:
“When I became president 2 million Americans were fully vaccinated. Today more than 175 million Americans have that protection.”1
“The week before I took office, 25,000 Americans died that week from COVID-19. Last week, that grim weekly toll was down 70%.”1
Continuing to lament the fact people were choosing informed consent and healthcare freedoms, Biden continued to focus on those who’ve “failed to get the shot.”1 He then threatened to overrun governors who placed healthcare freedom protections in place for their citizens.1
As the shaming of the unvaccinated continued, Biden continued to praise those who’ve been vaccinated as “those who’ve done the right thing.”1 Showing his hand in the violation of healthcare freedoms, he made the statement:
“This is not about freedom or personal choice. This is about protecting yourself and those around you.”1
As the logical fallacies continued to pour out, the push for vaccines to be mandated was unveiled, not taking into account natural immunity, healthcare choices between patients and doctors, and religious beliefs. The “need” focused on transmission and protecting those around you. However, the intent of the vaccine from the beginning and currently through the product insert, as well as a word from the CDC, clearly state the vaccine doesn’t stop transmission.
Healthcare Freedoms Once Considered, Now Attacked With Broken Promises
In recent months, several elected officials, as well as the head of the CDC, stated there wouldn’t be national vaccine mandates. It isn’t the role of the government. It’s a matter of privacy between a patient and their doctor. At that time, they were right.
On December 4, 2020, Biden shared a statement2 in his effort to establish his leadership as the newly elected president. When asked if vaccines should be mandatory, he stated:
“No, I don’t think it should be mandatory. I wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory. I would do everything in my power, just like I don’t think masks have to be made mandatory nationwide. I’ll do everything in my power as president of the United States to encourage people to do the right thing and when they do it, demonstrate that it matters.”2
In July, Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, reiterated the sentiment, stating vaccine mandates “are not the role of the federal government.”3
In a Twitter exchange dated July 30th of this year, CDC head, Rochelle Walensky, stated:
To clarify: There will be no nationwide mandate. I was referring to mandates by private institutions and portions of the federal government. There will be no federal mandate.4
In April, Nancy Pelosi stated:
“We cannot require someone to be vaccinated. That’s just not what we can do. It is a matter of privacy to know who is or who isn’t. I can’t go to the Capitol physician and say, ‘Give me the names of people who aren’t vaccinated so I can go encourage them to be.’ Or make it known to others who do get vaccinated.”5
She finished the statement saying she’d,
“…hope they’d be good to colleagues and get vaccinated.”5
What is OSHA?
OSHA is an agency under the Department of Labor. In 1971, OSHA was established to increase safety in the workplace by reducing potential hazards. The administration has so many workplaces to keep tabs on, it often doesn’t get to all of them for inspectoral visits.
“If the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were to inspect every workplace under its jurisdiction, it would take 129 years to complete the task, according to a 2011 report from AFL-CIO, the largest federation of unions in the US.”6
Typically, there is a process in place for ETS’s to be implemented, but OSHA also has the power to skip the usual bureaucratic process and implement an emergency temporary standard (ETS).6 Without oversight, that leniency could prove to be detrimental to small to medium sized businesses.
Under Biden’s guidance, OSHA is to require employers to give employees time off to get vaccinated. Little is said about an extra day off to recoup from brief side effects, but nothing is mentioned about long-term side effects such as myocarditis, blood clots, or Guillain-Barre Syndrome. According to the CDC’s own VAERS website, the potential for side effects could have a longer effect than a day or two off would cover. It has also been questioned whether worker’s compensation would cover for these injuries.
The statement OSHA does make regarding adverse reactions states:
DOL and OSHA, as well as other federal agencies, are working diligently to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations. OSHA does not wish to have any appearance of discouraging workers from receiving COVID-19 vaccination, and also does not wish to disincentivize employers’ vaccination efforts. As a result, OSHA will not enforce 29 CFR 1904’s recording requirements to require any employers to record worker side effects from COVID-19 vaccination at least through May 2022. We will reevaluate the agency’s position at that time to determine the best course of action moving forward.7
Because the vaccine would be a requirement for work, this policy is in direct violation of OSHA’s primary objective: to analyze and enforce workplace safety.
The double standard for American workers is stark compared to the handling of immigrants flooding the southern border from all over the world. Vaccines aren’t required to enter the country, nor travel within. The same goes for the thousands of refugees that America has received within the last month from Afghanistan. Because these people will likely be unable to work in the U.S. for some time, they wouldn’t face the same mandates.
Going Against the Science
Natural immunity is completely ignored regarding the mandates. Several studies have shown that many American’s have recovered from COVID-19 and have a stronger, more robust immunity than those who receive the vaccine. Other studies report that many more Americans have recovered than those documented in hospitals and doctor’s offices.